Heritage October 6-9 Highlights of the Long Beach U.S. Coin Auction
When an auction has as many elite bids as Heritage Auctions Long Beach Expo Signature® U.S. Coin Auctions fact – and make no mistake: this spectacular event offers a bounty of over 1,500 elite parts and models – the choices could be sorted more easily when broken down into individual collections.
Luckily for those attending the October 6-9 event, many auction items can be sorted into multiple collections.
“This auction shines a light on what can happen when passionate collectors spend years, if not decades, searching for the best pieces available,” said Todd Imhof, executive vice president at Heritage Auctions. “This event brings together rarities from some of the finest collections known, making available extraordinary pieces that in many cases have not reached the auction market for many years.”
Among the best lots in the auction is a 1870-CC Double Eagle AU50 NGC. Variety 2-Bwhich is one of the 22 lots in the sale that make up the Olivia collection, including 19 Double Eagles. The example offered is one of the top 10 of approximately 40 surviving examples from an original mintage of only 3,789 pieces.
Since this issue had only a utilitarian purpose, no coins were kept for numismatic purposes; in fact, most were eventually lost through attrition. PCGS estimate is that 40-50 pieces survive today, while Rusty Goe, in Carson City’s confident collector, is slightly more generous with a survivability estimate of 55-65 coins. No 1870-CC twenties are known in the mint state. Most collections do not have an example in any grade, let alone an About Uncirculated 1870-CC.
Other top bundles from the Olivia collection include, but are not limited to:
Vermilion Northern Lights Collection
This complete collection of 92 lotswith 59 Premier Session lots on Thursday, October 6, focuses primarily on high-quality US gold, including Eagles, Double Eagles and Half Eagles.
Among the best lots in the collection are a 1795 eagle, BD-1, graduated AU53 NGC and one 1799 Right Eagle headdress bust, BD-7, certified MS63 PCGS.
An 1807 five dollar Bust Right gold coin, BD-5, grade MS63 NGC and ranks among the finest known. Likewise, a 1806 BD-1 half eagle certified MS64 PCGS only shows a thinner one at PCGS. Later dates include a 1867 Liberty Eagle certified MS62 PCGSthe only best at PCGS, and a pretty 1915-S Panama-Pacific octagonal fifty dollars — top of the range for the grade — certified MS64+ PCGS with CAC.
Other top bundles from the Northern Lights of Vermilion collection include:
Allan H. Goldman Collection
Goldman was a prominent New York real estate investor who had a passion for coins and American currency, and was an avid collector. The first part of the Allan H. Goldman collection was presented at the Heritage Auction in July Long Beach/Summer FUN Signature® Auctionwhere these freshly marketed parts have generated exceptional results.
It is tied for the second best known example of one of the lowest circulating gold coins in the entire US gold series – only 100 were struck by the Philadelphia Mint in 1875. Housed in a holder – green label, this will be a welcome addition to the finest collection or registry set.
Other top lots from the Goldman collection include:
Christopher J. Salmon Collection of Massachusetts Silver Part II
The auction includes the second installment of the most complete collection of silverware in Massachusetts never offered. The Salmon revolutionized the way Bay State silver coins are collected and organized.
Included are two (1652) New England shillings – one 3-B and 3-D – as well as a range of 1652 Pine Tree shillings in both small board and Large board formats, and weeping willow and Oak silver in their different denominations.
Perfection Collection of Proof Seated Liberty Dollars
Seated Liberty Dollars collectors will find 25 lots to choose from in the Perfection collection, which includes several spectacular first proofs of seated dollars, as well as the best current and all-time Liberty Seated Dollars base ledger set from 1858-1873 for proof coins with CAC approval. With 24 ultra-high-end proof rarities, the collection stands out for its technical preservation as well as its captivating visual appeal and memorable tone. Each piece is in incredible condition for its issue and qualifies for the Premier Session.
Highlights include rare CAC-approved dollars from 1840, 1854, 1855 and 1857and a 1858 issue dollar proof only in PR64+ Cameo in lot 3075.
Other top Perfection Collection bundles include, but are not limited to:
A 1863 in PR67+ Cameo CAC – arguably the best known cameo of the date
A 1865 in PR67 CACwhich is tied for the best certified
The Song Family Collection
From this extraordinary collection comes an incredible 1857-S Double Eagle of SS Central America, MS67 Prooflike certified by NGC.
No 1857-S Double Eagle has been graded higher at the NGC or PCGS in a proof format. It is matched only by the almost equally astonishing MS67″NGC SS Central America twenty sold at Heritage Auctions August 2022 Signature® auction for $198,000, though proof-type fields may put the offered piece in an entirely different realm.
Raymond Lynn New Orleans Mint Gold Coins
This collection includes 36 collection packs of American gold-like shapes, with a focus on Liberty Head Half Eagles and New Orleans Mint Eagles; most pieces in the collection fall into the Choice VF to Choice XF range.
The collection’s best bundles include, but are not limited to:
Schwenk Family No. 1 PCGS/CAC Peace Dollar Set
This is at least the 10th highly ranked PCGS register set and at least the fifth of his register sets to be ranked first for Dr. George Schwenk, who pursued the copper, silver, and gold categories, as well as several type collections.
The best Schwenk Family Collection bundles include, but are not limited to:
The auction will include a second event, starting with The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Core Collection, Part ISeptember 29. The extraordinary Bass Collection is one of the finest collections of American gold coins and related designs, and has been away from the public eye for over half a century.
Images and information on all lots in this auction are available at HA.com/1349.
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